SEEDS Statement on the Alabama Supreme Court Ruling

SEEDS – February 20th, 2024

SEEDS (Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy) joins the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and our allied fertility professionals in expressing serious concerns over the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in LePage v Mobile Infirmary Clinic. This ruling, which equates fertilized frozen eggs with existent children or gestating fetuses, starkly contradicts established scientific understanding and undermines modern fertility care.

As an organization focused on ethics in egg donation, surrogacy, and fertility, SEEDS emphasizes education on the importance of informed, science-based approaches to reproductive health. The Alabama decision not only impacts the availability of fertility treatments in Alabama, but also challenges the ethical framework within which the entire fertility industry operates, prioritizing misguided legal interpretations over patient care and medical best practices.

Cryopreservation is a cornerstone of fertility treatments, enabling individuals and couples to pursue their dreams of parenthood. The Alabama ruling misinterprets biological realities, threatening access to vital fertility services and potentially forcing healthcare providers into untenable positions, risking civil or criminal charges for delivering standard care.

SEEDS stands with healthcare providers, patients, and advocates in highlighting the detrimental effects of the Alabama ruling on fertility care. We are dedicated to supporting the rights of all individuals to pursue family-building, guided by the principles of science and ethics. For more information about SEEDS, visit